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Google: URL Parameters Tool Is Not A Replacement For Robots.txt

Google’s John Mueller said on Twitter that using the URL parameter tool is no replacement for using a robots.txt file for blocking content. John was asked “how reliable is it” when setting “crawl no urls” of a certain type of URL pattern. John said “it’s not a replacement for the robots.txt — if you need to be sure that something’s not crawled, then block it properly.”

Here are those sets of tweets:

Yes

— 🍌 John 🍌 (@JohnMu) May 29, 2020[1]

It’s not a replacement for the robots.txt — if you need to be sure that something’s not crawled, then block it properly.

— 🍌 John 🍌 (@JohnMu) May 29, 2020[2]

I should note that last year John said do not use the robots.txt to block indexing of URLs with parameters[3]. So keep that in mind as well.

Forum discussion at Twitter[4].

References

  1. ^ May 29, 2020 (twitter.com)
  2. ^ May 29, 2020 (twitter.com)
  3. ^ do not use the robots.txt to block indexing of URLs with parameters (www.seroundtable.com)
  4. ^ Twitter (twitter.com)

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